Introduction to Geocaching         Page 4 of 5
How to Get Started

The basics - you will need a handheld GPS, printouts of a few caches (remember to print the clues and perhaps some notes posted online from others who have recently found those caches), a sense of adventure and appropriate clothing there is, for example, such a thing as metropolitan geocaching (think city parks and attractions) but more typically caches are hidden in remote outdoor locations (by riverbeds or lakesides, forests, mountain tops, even underwater!)

Start with some easy caches. You can Google for caches or start at the official geocaching web site ( At caches are rated with two numbers - both using a one to five scale with five being most difficult. The first number indicates difficulty of the terrain you'll encounter and the second indicating how hard it will be to find the cache once you're in the vicinity. Start with a 1.1 (easy terrain and easy to find). Also on the geocaching description take note of the most recent date the cache was found. Some caches get stolen and others get taken "off line" by the owner of the cache. There's no point searching for something, which can't be found!

That's it. Now you know the basics of Geocaching!

Even if you don't yet have a GPS, I would encourage you to go to the geocaching web site, type in your zip code and look at the list of geocaches in your area. You will probably discover that hundreds of caches are surrounding you then, if you have treasure-hunting blood in you, you won't be able to resist the hunt for loot (and scenic vistas).

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